• In this video, This Old House master plaster Stephen Norton explains how to plaster a wall.


    1 Use trowel to place mound of veneer plaster onto hawk.
    2 Scoop up some plaster with the trowel, making sure it’s centered on its blade.
    3 Smear plaster onto the wall with the trowel using an upsweeping motion.
    4 Turn over the trowel and work the plaster down.
    5 Maintain even pressure to produce a thin, smooth plaster coat.
    6 Continue working your across the wall, using stilts or stepladder to reach high areas.
    • Difficulty: Hard
      It takes years of experience to plaster like a pro
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        used to apply plaster
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      1. Veneer plaster

      2. Bucket of water,
      used to wet and clean tools

      3. Drywall stilts or stepladder,
      used to reach high areas